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DIY Plastic Surgery


Plastic surgery is all the rage these days making imperfections a thing of the past.

But what happens when things go too far?

We’ve seen many a-celebrity eff up their once beautiful images at the hands of plastic surgery. For example, as CC has previously discussed, Lisa Rinna has gone just a little too far. And let’s not forget, MJ. Michael Jackson was sooo cute as the youngest member of Jackson 5. Then his skin started changing color and his nose started getting smaller and pointier.

But when us lowly civilians catch wind of the plastic surgery bug, some people take way too far.

Enter, Hang Mioku. Who you ask? Allow me to explain.

Hang is a 48-year-old Korean woman who had her first plastic surgery procedure at the age of 28. She’s been addicted ever since. So much so, in fact, that doctors have refused to perform surgery on her anymore. Her parents tried to get her to seek out help, but that didn’t work. Then Hang found a doctor who would help her . Not only did this doctor agree to inject her face with silicone, he supplied her with her own syringes and a batch of silicone. When Hang’s sili supply ran out…what else could she do but inject her face with cooking oil?

This brilliant move left Hang so disfigured she is practically unrecognizable. (collegecandy.com)

Surgeons Who Promise Beauty Destroy Lives By Lethal Injections

Mexican women desperate for full curvaceous bodies are dying in agony after illegal backstreet operations.

Ten years ago a pretty 17-year-old called Silvia Munguía was working as a movie extra when an impressively voluptuous woman appeared as if out of nowhere and offered her ‘the body of a goddess’.

A few days later in a backstreet clinic the woman, who turned out to be a man, took the skinny teenager’s gold jewellery and in return injected her buttocks, calves and thighs with several large syringes full of a transparent oily liquid.

Within months Munguía’s legs began a slow but sure mutation into the elephantine trunks they are today, inflamed and covered in flaking, scaly and dying discoloured skin. For years she bore the pain in near silence, trying to build a happy family while she chastised herself for what she had done and hated herself for what she was becoming.

A couple of years ago two huge seeping ulcers in her thighs finally forced her to seek medical help, putting her in hospital since September where she is likely to remain for many months more. ‘This illness ended my life,’ says the somehow still sweet-faced Munguía.

Such stories are terrifyingly common in Mexico, where an underground beauty industry lures victims with promises of easy and cheap curves through the injection of everything from industrial silicone, to baby oil, to motor oil. The hidden cost is a lifetime of suffering, or even sudden death.

This is the chilling flipside of the rising popularity of plastic surgery that has made Mexico second only to the US in the world table of legal procedures. It is all illegal, but most victims are too ashamed to report the crime and the authorities appear happy to let them stay silent.

While the scale of the problem is hard to quantify, doctors at the General Hospital in Mexico City, the biggest hospital catering to poor people without social security, say they see hundreds of cases every year which must represent only a fraction of the number of victims.

‘Many never seek medical help, and when they die nobody knows what they died of,’ says Dr Carlos del Vecchyo, head of the plastic surgery at the hospital.

The phenomenon is also hard to gauge because while some victims fall ill immediately others can stay relatively healthy for 20 years. Still most doctors say that sooner or later they will all suffer serious complications.

These often begin when the injected area turns hard and the body’s attempt to expel the alien substance triggers inflammation and constant fevers. The oil also tends to migrate around the body, creating similar problems elsewhere. Soon small wounds become gaping holes, light knocks cause unbearable pain, joints do not bend and necrosis sets in. And all the while death lurks in the background because the oils can seep into the blood and cause a pulmonary embolism or renal failure. So why do so many people do it?

Some had no choice – like one young woman who was kidnapped at a bus station when she was 17 and forced into a prostitution ring where she was kept submissive through repeated rape and constant violence. The pimp, who controlled her and a dozen or so other girls, would periodically take her to be injected all over her body in the backroom of a seedy flat. As the years went by this bright, beautiful and extraordinarily dignified survivor (who still fears being hunted down and so prefers not to give her name) watched her body rot as she felt her insides burn up. She escaped five years ago and lives in semi-hiding with her adored young son and her incurable illness. Reunited with her family, she does not dare reveal the truth, spinning a tale of how she migrated to the US instead and suffers from bad circulation. ‘It’s best to deal with it inside,’ she says. ‘They would not believe me if I told them.’

But there are also many patients who actively sought out the injections. Perched on the edge of her tatty bed in her one-room, breeze-block house, Ana María Mérida, 46, says she had hoped injections in her hips might stop her partner’s humiliating and hurtful affairs.

Mérida went to a thoroughly clandestine backroom injection hub and willingly received about a pint of what she was told was harmless collagen into each buttock over three sessions. It cost her about £50, significantly more than she earned in a week’s cleaning but about 50 times less than implants.

For a few years she felt sexy, but her lover left her anyway and soon she was in a desperate state, in constant pain, peeing blood and unable to bend over. ‘I swear that if I had known what would happen I would never have done it,’ Mérida says. Sobbing she dropped her trousers to reveal a deep scar that has yet to heal from an operation 18 months ago, above twisted purple folds of flesh where her backside once was.

‘Look at me, I cannot accept myself like this. I am ashamed to go outside, I am so ashamed, so angry with myself. I am never going to be happy. Who is going to look at me now?’

Dr Juan José Bustamante, the head of psychiatry at the General Hospital, is sure many who claim they were duped into believing the injections were completely safe were at least partly aware of the risks but desperate enough to take them.

He blames a culture that dictates a beauty ideal of women with large bottoms and large busts and a system that forces them to ‘market themselves’ to men in order to obtain financial and emotional security. ‘It’s a type of dictatorship, and women accept it.’

But if some women accept this dictatorship tacitly, many transvestites here seem to throw their arms around it.

‘It’s all about vanity, we all do injections,’ said Marta, a 24-year-old transvestite who has worked as a prostitute since the age of 12. ‘If you don’t want to take risks, then put on trousers and a suit and get a day job. This is the life we chose.’

Almost every day, Marta says, there are newly plump and rounded figures mincing up and down the street corner. She knows of about 10 ‘girlfriends’ who have died and she herself was in intensive care two years ago when a baby oil injection left her gasping for breath as it made its way to her lungs.

Some medics search for ways to surgically remove the oil, like Dr Humberto Anduaga who works at one of the main social security hospitals in Mexico City.

He implants sponge-like expanders under healthy skin around the affected areas. The idea is to stretch the skin until there is enough extra to cover the hole left by removal of the oil encapsulated in dead tissue. But the vast majority of patients are not eligible for this treatment because the affected areas are too large, making the issue for them one of control rather than cure, involving both emergency surgery and long-term dependence on drugs.

In the western city of Guadalajara, an unusually assertive group of women got together to testify against a phoney doctor dubbed later the Matabellas, or Beauty Killer. But while the case had a huge impact in Guadalajara itself, it barely made the national news and is now all but forgotten in the capital.

‘There is a kind of disdain for these patients, as happens with kids with Aids,’ said Bustamante, the psychiatrist. ‘The system is designed so that they go off and die alone.’


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Published: 11/13/2004

Cosmetic Surgery, a Popular Option

By: Gerri L. Elder

In the last decade, cosmetic surgery has become so common that few people who undergo the knife for a nip or tuck even try to deny it. When celebrities who are constantly photographed and scrutinized undergo augmentation or reshaping of body parts, denial is certainly not an option as the “then and now” photos reveal all.

Some celebrities and well-known people have seemingly become addicted to cosmetic surgery. It is evident by looking at photographs over the years of Michael Jackson or Jocelyn Wildenstein that cosmetic surgery can go too far. It can also go terribly wrong and result in plastic surgery injuries and even cosmetic surgery deaths, as in the case of the mother of recording artist Kanye West who recently died from complications after tummy tuck and breast reduction surgeries that were done at the same time.

With Benefits Come Serious Risks

Plastic surgery is so popular now that lots of “real” people opt to have elective cosmetic procedures, often to boost self esteem or fix something about themselves that they perceive as unattractive. Many people focus on the cosmetic aspect of the procedures they desire and forget that it is actually surgery. Cosmetic surgery, as with all other types of surgery, comes with risks of injury and potential complications that should not be ignored or glossed over. A trusted board-certified cosmetic surgeon should always be carefully selected.

Anesthesia and Sedation

Any surgery that requires anesthesia or sedation carries serious risks including severe reactions to the anesthetic. Other complications could include a blocked airway requiring an emergency tracheotomy, brain damage due to decreased blood circulation, paralysis, heart attack, blood clots, injuries, illness and death. Aspiration can also occur while under anesthesia and cause infections, obstructions in the lungs, a chronic cough or pneumonia.

Excessive Bleeding

Bruising and blood loss during and after cosmetic surgery may be completely normal. However, another possible complication during and following cosmetic surgery is excessive blood loss. Patients should always discuss with their doctors what can be considered normal and what situations should be immediately checked out with a follow-up visit or at the hospital emergency room. After eye lift surgeries excessive bleeding can lead to blindness, so any abnormal bleeding should not be ignored.

Blood Clots

Patients who are under anesthesia for extended periods of time or who have liposuction on their legs have a greater risk of developing blood clots that could be fatal. Care should be taken not to remain in the same position for long periods to time during recovery and any concerns about the risk of blood clots should be discussed with the cosmetic surgeon.

Infections and Necrosis

Following any surgery, there is the possibility of infection. Infections can spread quickly and be very serious and therefore all due care should be taken to prevent them. After an infection, it is sometimes necessary for patients to undergo additional surgery to remove necrotic skin and tissue which can affect the final cosmetic outcome. Smokers are more likely thank non-smokers to develop necrotic tissue and require further surgery. After liposuction infections can be extremely serious because although the external incision is small, the internal wound under the skin can be large. A cosmetic surgeon can explain the risks and steps to take in order to avoid developing an infection after cosmetic surgery.

Numbness and Nerve Damage

Some patients may have numbness following cosmetic surgery. During surgery, nerves may be severed and in the case of a surgical mishap, serious damage can occur and result in injuries that cause temporary or permanent numbness. During face lifts, permanent nerve damage occurs in approximately 1 out of 1,000 surgeries according to a Forbes report. Facial nerve damage and numbness can be devastating personal injuries. Numbness is also common after tummy tuck and breast augmentation surgeries.

Internal Bleeding and Hernias

When things go wrong during the recovery process following cosmetic surgery, patients can suffer from internal bleeding or hernias that can require additional surgery to correct.

Hypertrophic Scars

A skilled cosmetic surgeon can often minimize the appearance of scars after surgery, but there is always a risk of thick, red scars called hypertrophic scars after surgery.


Sagging and drooping, called ptosis, after cosmetic surgery on the eyelids can be common. Most of the time ptosis is permanent but can be corrected with another surgical procedure. Ptosis that will self-correct can often be experienced after Botox injections.


Although rare, deaths from cosmetic surgery can also result from complications during or after undergoing the specific cosmetic procedure.



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